Wes Foderingham has claimed that he rejected a move to Leeds United in the summer of 2015 before eventually leaving Swindon Town for Rangers – but should the Whites now consider a move for the free agent?
Foderingham, 29, clocked up 143 appearances for Rangers after Mark Warburton lured him to Ibrox five years ago. However, Steven Gerrard’s decision to re-sign Allan McGregor saw Foderingham reduced to the substitutes bench.
Now, the London-born stopper is one of six senior players to be released by Rangers this summer – along with the likes of Jon Flanagan, Jordan Rossiter, Andy Halliday, Jason Holt and Jak Alnwick. So, should Leeds reconsider their 2015 move?
Foderingham told Open Goal: “I spoke to Uwe Roser on the phone at the time. He was at Leeds. He was saying, ‘we want you to maybe come into Leeds’. They had an Italian keeper at the time, and I just felt as if that wasn’t the right option for me.”
Leeds are likely to need a goalkeeper this summer. There are doubts over the future of Spain international Kiko Casilla, who remains banned for six matches after being adjudged to have racially abused Charlton attacker Jonathan Leko.
Some reports claim a number of Spanish sides are keen to bring the former Real Madrid stopper back to his home country in the coming months. Illan Meslier has wowed Leeds fans since replacing Casilla, but is only on loan from Lorient.
With doubts over the future of both goalkeepers, a new stopper is needed. Even if Meslier does sign, the chances are that Casilla could depart – and competition for the French youngster should be brought in. Foderingham would be ideal.
Under Paulo Di Canio at Swindon, and then Warburton at Rangers, Foderingham played out from the back and is more than adept with the ball at his feet – which is just how Marcelo Bielsa likes his goalkeepers to play.
Bringing Foderingham as competition, or more likely back-up to Meslier for the 2020-21 campaign, would be smart and cheap business by Leeds director of football Victor Orta.